I have now really gone and done it. I have declared myself a hippie, a flower child and an aquarian being. There are people and I used to know a whole bunch who would pooh-pooh. That is the problem with the fifth ray mind. When it sets is sets like reinforced concrete. I used to joke on my courses about tree hugging. Believe it or not serious, ambitious young scientists can be cajoled literally into hugging trees.
I have been avant-garde in more ways than one. I have “pioneered” with a start-up, getting together a new age group and putting transferrable skills into UK universities. There is always resistance to anything new and people point fingers and tut-tut. Later your role is forgotten, and people claim that they did it, but only after it has become acceptable. If what you do becomes trendy, they want to claim the kudos, risk free.
Doing anything new puts your reputation at risk. The more avant-garde you are the greater the risk. I am avant-garde in more ways than one. I go where nobody has gone before. So, I appear weird to others, because I am not selfish and greedy, I seem strange, a fish out of water, a sore thumb.
Is that it, my crime, being avant-garde, going first…I that really the answer?
“The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.”